Inklings of Heaven

Saturday 3 November
Kirkpatrick Memorial Church

Each talk £8 / £6 concession

(book all 3 talks for £20 / £15 concession)

C.S. Lewis’s approach to life was both earthy and other-worldly.  These in-depth talks with film and Q&A, draw on his sense of the connection between the two, and some of the myriad ways in which he connected the spiritual with the material, and the earthly with the heavenly.


11.00am – 12.30pm

Dr Michael Ward

‘Planet Narnia’


Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He is the author of the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press).


C.S. Lewis described the seven heavens of the medieval cosmos as, ‘spiritual symbols of permanent value’.  Michael Ward contends that these symbols provide the imaginative blueprint to the seven Chronicles of Narnia.



2pm – 3pm

Dr Sharon Jebb Smith

‘Laughter and Longing in Lewis’


Joy and longing were very significant for Lewis and the themes came up frequently in his work. This lecture will explore them across the broad spectrum of his writing, and in particular, how his Christian faith impacted his approach to them.


Sharon Jebb Smith is a freelance speaker and writer on the topic of Christian spirituality and C.S. Lewis is amongst her favourite writers, having studied him as part of her doctoral studies. She particularly enjoys both the depth of his thought, and the pleasure which he took in crafting words.  A native of Belfast, Sharon lives in Aberdeen.



3.30pm – 4.30pm

Professor Judith Wolfe

‘C.S. Lewis: Inklings of Heaven’

Many of C.S. Lewis's stories - Narnia, Perelandra, The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces - are inspired by images of new creation. This talk will discuss what makes these images so rich and vibrant, and how they shape C.S. Lewis's Christian outlook more generally. We will discuss on which ideas, both religious and literary, Lewis draws, in crafting these images of new creation, and how they can inspire us, too, as we seek to shape our life and our world.